SOUTH FLORIDA’S CERTIFIED GREEN DEALER
WHAT IS GREEN?
Green building is more than just products. It is a convergence of philosophy, practices and products to design, build and maintain environmentally friendly, energy efficient, healthy places to live and work.
BENEFITS OF BUILDING GREEN
| Improve indoor air quality |
Includes products that reduce mold, HVAC systems and air infiltration
| Lower pressure on the environment |
Using products that are renewable, sustainably harvested, and environmentally friendly throughout the life cycle of the product
| Reduce water use |
And the energy intensive infrastructure required to pipe, store and purify it
| Reduce the carbon footprint |
This is the energy burned to heat, cool and power a structure over its lifetime. Product categories include efficient appliances, lighting, windows, doors and an energy efficient building envelope
| Reduce pressure on the waste stream |
Using recycled or recycle-able products
| Reduce chemical exposure risks |
Product categories include low VOC paints, caulks and adhesives, formaldehyde-free insulation, sheet goods, etc
THE GREEN HOME CHECKLIST
| Location |
Not built on environmentally sensitive sites. Walking distance to public transportation, parks, schools and shops.
| Size |
Not bigger than necessary.
| Building design |
Allows for natural light and ventilation. Shade (preferably trees) especially on south and west exposures. Light colored roofing system with energy star rating.
| Indoor environmental quality |
Natural light should reach approximately 75% of the home’s interior. Use mold resistant drywall. HVAC system should filter all incoming air and vent stale air outside (not in the garage).
| Insulation |
Non toxic, soy based foam or cotton batts. If fiberglass is used, specify formaldehyde free and energy star rated.
| Windows and doors |
Choose energy star rated products. Look for high solar gain heat co efficiency in warmer climates.
| Energy efficiency |
Use energy efficient lighting such as compact fluorescents, an efficient HVAC system, and an energy saving water heating unit such as a tankless water heater. All appliances should be energy star rated.
| Water efficiency |
Use water conserving fixtures and systems such as rain collection and gray water recycling.
| Green materials |
No or low VOC paints, sealants and/or adhesives. Renewable or sustainable wood products. Use recycled material when possible.
| Landscaping |
Use large canopy trees to shade exterior walls, driveways, and patios. Yards should be landscaped with drought tolerant, native plants and foliage.